Nakuset, Director of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal

November 8, 2021

Clemence Marcastel

Nakuset, the Executive Director of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montréal, is Cree from Lac la Ronge, Saskatchewan.  She has three beautiful boys, Kistin, Mahkisis and Mahihkan. She was adopted by a Jewish family in Montreal and draws on her adoptee experience in her advocacy work for Indigenous children in care. Nakuset created, produced and hosted the television series Indigenous Power, she was voted “Woman of the Year 2014” by the Montreal Council of Women, and she is the Indigenous columnist for MaTV’s CityLife. Nakuset was featured in Real Talk on Race, the award-winning CBC series.  In 2017, she was selected by the CKX City Series as a speaker/shift disturber due to the work she does to shift the status quo for urban Aboriginal women.  In November 2017, she was a speaker for TEDxMontrealWomen.In 2018, she testified for 3 days at the Viens Commission, a public inquiry into the discrimination of Indigenous people of Quebec.  She testified in June 2018 at the MMIW Inquiry in Calgary. In February 2019, she presented at WE Day. She was recently featured in the “End of 2010’s interview for Global” to discuss the past decade’s work with the urban Indigenous community.  She is honoured to spearhead and run the Cabot Square project since its inception and to co-found Resilience Montreal.  She is dedicated to improving the lives of urban aboriginals.

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